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Celebrate Australian art with a weekend's worth of events 

Following a redesign of their Australian art galleries, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will host their Open Weekend on the May 12-13 to celebrate the new layout of their collection.
Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a wide array of events varying from musical performances, film screenings, children’s activities and talks held by Australian artists, writers, curators and historians, and the best part is it’s all free. You can read the full programme at the AGNSW website, but here are Time Out's picks:
Saturday May 12 highlights

1 Australian Symbolism Exhibition Talk 11am
Denise Mimmocchi, curator of the exhibition Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams, offers her insight into the exhibition. What do the symbols mean? Find out here.
2 Printmaking Workshops 10am-4pm
Make your own print inspired by the work of Margaret Preston.
3 Thomas Keneally: The History of Colonial Sydney 2pm
The author of the Booker Prize-winning Schindler’s Ark has recently published some non-fiction works celebrating Australian history. Come hear this national treasure speak about colonial Sydney.
4 The Art of Sidney Nolan 4.30pm
Andrew Sayers, director of the National Museum of Australia, will discuss the great Australian artist famous for his Ned Kelly paintings.
5 Australian Artists Panel 6pm
Head of Australian art Wayne Tunnicliffe will host a panel discussion with three major contemporary Australian artists – Janet Laurence, Imants Tillers and Rosemary Laing – discover their thoughts on Australian art’s past, present and future.
Sunday May 13 highlights
1 John Glover and the Colonial Landscape 11am
David Hansen from Sotheby’s discusses the work of one of colonial Australia’s finest painters.
2 Wendy Whiteley on Brett Whiteley 12.30pm
Wayne Tunnicliffe guides the late artist’s wife and model of over three decades, Wendy Whiteley, through a conversation with particular focus on Brett’s 1976 work ‘Self Portrait in the Studio’.
3 The Significance of Tiwi Art 1.30pm
Artists Pedro Wonaemirri and Jonathan Jones discuss the gallery's Pukamani Poles, the first major commission of Aboriginal art by an Australian gallery.
4 Jane Rutter 1pm
The Australian flautist will perform pieces of symbolist music inspired by the aforementioned Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams exhibition.

Highlights that feature on both days
1 Live Music at the ArtBar
Hear from some of our finest local talent including the Rescue Ships, the Falls and Piers Twomey. 
2 Mime, Magic and Illusion 12.30pm
The Etcetera Duo will offer a unique approach to Australian art with a performance of magic, mime and illusion that will keep the kids entertained.
2 Introduction to the Australian Collection 10.30am
Wayne Tunnicliffe, head of Australian art, and Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian art, offer an introductory talk on the Australian collection.
A series of Australian films exploring what it is to be an outsider kicks off as part of Open Weekend. Saturday will feature three short indigenous film in Crocodile Dreaming­, Night Cries and Wind screening 2pm-3.20pm, and Sunday will feature Miles Davis and Colin Friels in Dingo, screening 2pm-3.50pm.


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By Reece Piper   |  

Open Weekend at the Art Gallery of NSW 2012 details

Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 9225 1700

Price FREE
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Date 12 May 2012-13 May 2012

Open Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-5pm

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